Among other things, I am an O guage model railroader. I would love to have the hardware to wire up the tracks to allow me to control my trains in the background while I switch freight cars around and not have to worry about inadvertent collisions and derailments.
I've wanted to design and build a boondocking vehicle for some time.
I'm not even really into outdoorsy stuff, but I love the idea of building something out of a school bus that you could live in, in the middle of nowhere for extended periods, even if I didn't use it. It's the engineering.
I have ideas about how to do things to a diesel to get it to efficiently trickle charge while otherwise not moving the bus, and other things I want to play with in terms of managing the engine and using it for more than just locomotion.
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I want a TV streaming/DVR that works well and won't trash my records when it needs replaced.
My first DVR was from a regional cable company and made by Scientific Atlanta. It worked and worked well. My second was a TiVo with a cable card it also worked and worked well.
My regional cable company was purchased by Comcast. The at some point in the middle of the night they performed an update to the cable DVR. It resulted in a loss of features, features that did work well, and of course loss of recorded programs. Comcast denied the issues for months and months. They slowly fixed a lot of the issues but it was still a suckfest. There was a Comcast rep that was being honest on a site someplace that was helpful until he fell suddenly silent.
Over the years I had several new model replacement boxes from Comcast. They all had their own unique level of suck until they failed and got replaced. And each time I lost my shows and the recording settings. Comcast Sucks long live Xfinity. More new hardware that fails to be robust.
Then I moved to a new state. Now over he last seven years I have had Spectrum (was Time Warner now Charter Communications). They too have proved they can't make a bullet-proof DVR.
I had to replace my original TiVo to be able to use a USB device to demultiplex the channels. It works okay, not as clean as the original, can't jump 30 seconds anymore, and it looses connection with the demultiplexer regularly and things need rebooted.
Ruko was good to me for a while. With the regular updates by YouTube and other apps it also goes wonky and reboots. It has a watchdog so when it locks up it reboots itself.
Spectrum is offering a Cloud DVR. Based on the repsonce time of their other OnDemand services pausing and rewinding will be laggy.
Every time I turn around the self-serve gas pump has another delay to overcome. Having to leave my credit card in the machine while it collects my PIN, suffering through sales pitches just to decline extra items...it never gets better. And then there's the ridiculously long printed receipt I want to shorten that's also taking longer than ever to start printing. When it's -25C and windy the last thing I want to do is stand and wait for yet another button press. All of that could have been going on while I'm refueling.
A couple of years ago I was sitting in at a red light, along with several other vehicles. There was no cross traffic, and I remember thinking at the time "This is (whatever year it was). Why don't we have traffic lights that manage traffic flow based on actual traffic, rather than an 'optimal' timing?" Seems like things have only become worse with the new "optimal" timing being longer cycles. Sigh.
Still, I suppose when autonomous vehicles reach a certain level, traffic lights will be fazed out, almost completely.
And what would be the fun of an autonomous motorcycle?? There's no way I'd get a motorcycle that's going to do the driving for me. Until I moved north (where they have snow!) I put more miles on my motorcycle than I put on my car.
I do agree that whoever does the traffic flow in some of the smaller towns (like Temecula, CA!) don't have a clue.
I agree about lights but having spent time in a related business and having some interactions with transportation departments, there are a few reasons for it.
Us humans have an expectation of behavior for signals. It can actually mess people up if they work purely based on traffic flow. Second, good systems require remote actuators that "read" the traffic at a greater distance.
Both systems do exist, and have for a while, but they were really pricey back in the day. I don't think they should be too pricey now with tech improvements. Still don't see them used as much as I'd like.
If there was a use for AI it would be traffic. Don't make traffic lights smart. Make them able to detect how many cars are waiting in which lanes. They would then network with other nearby lights to control traffic flow via AI in some data center. The lights would fall back to timed cycles when the network goes down.
I have been working on and off on such that can be folded into something like a large book, still has 88 keys, and feels and sounds like a real piano. When I tell my wife that I am going to work on it when I retire, she laughs.
Various Communication needs for various kinds of disabilities.
Communication devices for nonverbal folks are crazy expensive, but not particularly clever. Innovations made in the 90's were locked up by patent holders, and trolls. Development is cosmetic now, not innovative. So when people show any sign of considering innovations they are in the shadow of litigation threats.
From another angle, but similar problem : I volunteer for a group that involves a variety of disabled. What gets to my heart the most is when there is a person who is otherwise mentally fit - but held back because simple communication is a task.
Those are the thinks that I'd rather work on full time.